VWEEP Participant Biographies [October 2016]
Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders
Deborah A. Hazell
Chief Executive Officer,
HSBC Global Asset Management (USA) Inc.,
Chief Executive Officer,
HSBC Global Asset Management, Americas
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Ms. Hazell is Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Global Asset Management (USA) Inc, and also CEO of HSBC Global Asset Management, Americas. Ms. Hazell is responsible for the day-to-day management of the US Asset Management business and also oversees the asset management operations in the Canada, Mexico and Argentina.
Ms. Hazell joined HSBC in June 2011 and has over 30 years of experience in fixed income asset management. Prior to joining HSBC, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW), a fixed income, institutional asset management firm. Ms. Hazell joined FFTW’s New York office in October 1999 and prior to her appointment as CEO in 2008, she headed the firm’s Client Service, Business Development and Marketing Group. She originally joined FFTW to manage and grow the firm’s central bank and official institutions business. Ms. Hazell previously worked for UBS Brinson, New York, where she spent nine years as a portfolio manager, responsible for managing the global fixed income portfolios. Prior to moving to New York, she managed global fixed income portfolios at Chase Investors International in London, which subsequently became a part of UBS Asset Management.
Ms. Hazell began her financial career in the investment management department of Saudi International Bank, where she also managed US and global fixed income portfolios. Ms. Hazell has a BA (Hons) in Economics from New York University, MA (Hons) in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and holds FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 30 and 63 licenses.
Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders served as one of the U.S. Government’s top diplomats on African issues over a long career in the United States Diplomatic Corps with senior positions ranging from Ambassador to the Republics of Nigeria and the Congo, two stints as Director for Africa at the White House, and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS. Dr. Sanders received her doctorate degree from Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University and is considered a thought leader on a range of national security, sustainable development and business strategy issues for Africa, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on these topics. Her advisory firm is divided into two parts: FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative on leadership, economic development issues, and SMEs; FE3DS, LLC on business strategies, which advises African-focused firms, particularly in the technology, power, and housing sectors. FEEEDS also serves as global policy advisor to a variety of organizations, with a special focus on SMEs, the Africa Diaspora, Africa security issues (Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, etc.), and co-hosts an annual Washington-based event with Gallup World Poll on African issues.
Her expertise on national security and military strategies is based on serving as the International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Commander of the Eisenhower Resource College of the National Defense University, the premier U.S. military institution for national security studies, examining and developing strategies and conflict resolution gaming for our next generation of military and diplomatic leaders. She is a well-known thought leader on Africa and is sought after by media such as Al Jazeera, BBC, China Television and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC others international media outlets for her regional first-hand political and economic knowledge. This includes on Boko Haram and the growing terrorism threat in what she calls the “Sahel extremism belt,” across West Africa. Sanders is also the recipient of the U.S. military’s highest civilian military honor award by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Ambassador Sanders serves on the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. EXIM Africa Advisory Committees; is a member of the prestigious Academy of Diplomacy of former senior U.S. Government officials; recipient of the President’s Medal of Honor from Congo; and has six Department of State Awards (Superior and Meritorious). Her breath of experience extends to elections and democratic processes, including conflict resolution and serving as an official election monitor; food security, education, energy and the environment; and, her signature original lecture series on Human Cultural Communication, stressing cultural mutual understanding. Sanders is a Distinguished Public Service Scholar at RMU, has two Masters Degrees (International Relations-African Studies and Communications) from Ohio University, and is a Visiting Scholar under the CIC Woodrow Wilson Program.
Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (South Africa)
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Chandrika Kisten is Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (South Africa) in their Risk Assurance business. She is passionate about client service and is driven by a desire to make a positive impact on the ethical core of Corporate South Africa.
Chandrika completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Natal and her Post Graduate Studies in Accounting and Auditing at the University of South Africa. She is also qualified as a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified in Risk and Systems Controls from the International Information Systems and Controls Association.
Chandrika currently heads Technology Risk Assurance within the Public Services and Consumer and Industrial Products industries and in addition is the Head of Talent for Risk Assurance. Chandrika is passionate about personal coaching and mentoring and delivers talks to targeted audiences especially on race transformation and women empowerment. Chandrika is happily married and is a mom to a gorgeous, boisterous 7 year old daughter. She is also a keen runner and amateur piano player.
Mecca E. Santana, Esq.
Vice President of Diversity & Community Relations
Westchester Medical Center Health Network. New York (U.S.A)
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Mecca E. Santana is the Vice President of Diversity & Community Relations for Westchester Medical Center Health Network. As the head of the Office of Diversity and Community Relations, she is responsible for building and leveraging relationships with external stakeholders in the diverse communities that make up the Hudson Valley, while also ensuring that all internal organizational policies and procedures across the hospital network are aligned with diversity and inclusion best practices.
Prior to this position, Ms. Santana served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York. Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in September 2013, Ms. Santana was responsible for the creation and implementation of recruitment and retention initiatives designed to promote workforce diversity and inclusion, while also leading new initiatives to increase Minority & Women Owned Business (MWBE) procurement opportunities.
Prior to joining the Cuomo administration in 2013, Ms. Santana was the Executive Director of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Management for the New York City Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department of Education, Ms. Santana was Senior Assistant Counsel for the New York State Commission of Investigation. In her capacity as Senior Assistant Counsel, Ms. Santana conducted state-wide investigations of municipal corruption and assorted criminal matters, making recommendations to the Governor and NYS legislature based upon her investigative findings.
Ms. Santana holds certifications from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Equal Employment Opportunity Studies and Diversity Management. Ms. Santana, who is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey, graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in June 2000. As a law student, Ms. Santana represented clients in both the Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence clinics. Ms. Santana is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, where she double majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Ms. Santana was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and currently resides with her family in Rockland
Chief Executive Officer
Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited (Nigeria)
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Binta, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited has over 24 years work experience most of which was in banking. She holds a first Degree in English Language, a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy, an MBA in Management, is a HCIB of the Chartered Institute of Bankers as well as an Associate of the Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ). She is also a Fellow of the Association of Investment Advisers & Portfolio Managers (IAPM).
Binta was at various times, Head of Expert banking In Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Head of Private Banking in Stanbic Bank Nigeria, the Pioneer Head of Wealth Management in FBN Capital Limited, and Head of Treasury Marketing in then MBC International Bank Limited.
An Alumnus of some leading Business Schools including the Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Wharton, Binta is also an active member or in the leadership of different professional associations and community –oriented organizations which are passionate about the empowerment of women and the girl-child while she also sits on the board of some Non-Governmental organizations that in particular look out for the disadvantaged in society (Orphans and widows especially)
An avid reader, Binta’s taste is eclectic and an indication of her multi-talented personality. She also collects stamps and is a lover of all things Gospel, who continues to inspire those in her sphere of influence and the audiences she is privileged to talk to at different times on a wide variety of subjects.
MRS. JOY I.C. IKIEBE
Senior Partner, Ikiebe & Co., Law Firm (Nigeria)
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Mrs Joy Ijeoma Chinelo Ikiebe is Senior Partner in Ikiebe & Co., a law firm retained by local and multinational companies in the manufacturing, construction, real estate, banking, corporate law and oil and gas sectors. With over 30 years of management and legal experience, Mrs Ikiebe has enjoyed a corporate career bridging the gap between cultures and strengthening business relationships for enduring partnerships.
She currently sits as Director on the Boards of several private companies and non profit institutions and recently retired from the Board of South Atlantic Petroleum Limited where she served as Legal Advisor and non- executive Director.
Mrs Ikiebe co-founded The African Motherhood Initiative (AMI), a non-profit organisation to impact communities through collaborative relationships and initiatives. Significantly in 2013 AMI successfully collaborated on an initiative, ‘We, the Young People’ to publish a book on the Nigerian Constitution uniquely for children, to be taught in the primary and secondary institutions. AMI also continues to record impact in improving preventive care in its work with the Mental Health Foundation (Nigeria).
AMI is currently partnering with LawNigeria to set up an online reference library for Nigerian legislation pertaining to women and children. An effective communicator with the skills to foster relationships and consensus building, she often speaks at women’s fora and to faith based organisations on Leadership and Family related issues.
Mrs Ikiebe holds a Law Degree from the University of Buckingham (UK), and is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Advisory Board of the Institute For Energy Law (USA) and the Institute for National Transformation (Nigeria). She is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School of the Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria and a 2013 Coca-Cola scholar in Social Sector Management. She continues to invest in her professional development and has just taken up a postgraduate course at Bradford University in the United Kingdom leading to a Masters in Business Administration (Circular Economy and Innovation) August 30, 2016London, UK.
Carine Z. Kiala
Secretary (Economic) to the Consul General
Republic of Angola in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
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Carine Kiala is Secretary (Economic) to the Consul General of the Republic of Angola in Hong Kong SAR. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, focusing on African Politics and International Political Economy, and remains an Associate Researcher in the Department of Political Sciences. She has authored a wide range of publications across genres, including the critical paperback “The Politics of Trade in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU): prospect of a SACU-China free trade agreement”, as well as the coffee table books “Angola 安哥拉” in 2012 and “Conheça Os Nossos Povos /千里聚首 安哥拉-中国 / Meet Our People” in 2013.
Carine has a background in academia. She dedicated her professional experience in studying Africa-China relations, having previously worked as a senior analyst at the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) in South Africa and consulted for Angola’s Centre for Strategic Studies (Centro deEstudos Estratégicos de Angola – CEEA).
Carine is a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Also a member of the African Leadership Network, she is passionate and committed to Africa’s socio-economic transformation and empowers decision-makers with the intelligence necessary for more efficient and responsible policy development. In her spare time, Carine enjoys collaborating with progressive thinkers, participating in youthoutreach and spending quality time in the good company of family and friends.
Executive Head: Public Affairs & Communications
Scaw Metals-(South Africa)
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Dudu joined Scaw Metals in December 2012 as Executive Head of Public Affairs and Communications. Over a period of almost four years, she has been exposed to Scaw’s businesses locally and internationally. As a member of the Executive Committee (EXCO), she works closely with each EXCO member and is also tasked with all aspects related to predominantly external stakeholder management, network development with government, regulatory and non-statutory bodies. The role is externally focused with a strong internal networking and communications component as well as alignment with policy and regulatory matters.
Prior to this, she was employed at Adcock Ingram responsible for media, government and investor relations. She has also held senior roles with various reputable brands including The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) over a combined 13 year-tenure where she gained extensive experience and exposure to public affairs and government relations. One of her key achievements includes conducting an economic impact study for Coca-Cola SA in 2007/8.
Dudu holds a four-year degree in Communications & Psychology from Andrews University, Michigan, US and in 2013 completed the Management Advancement Programme (MAP) from Wits Business School (WBS). In March 2016, Dudu was appointed as a non-executive Director at Consolidated Wires Industries (CWI), a 50% joint venture between the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), specialising in low carbon wire products.
Dr. Catherine Adeya-Weya is an Information Scientist with knowledge and skills in information development issues. These include social, political and economic potential and impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) particularly in Africa. Dr. Adeya-Weya has over 20 years experience in ICTs research having worked for agencies like the United Nations University/Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) in the Netherlands. She has, for example, expertise in designing and managing large surveys. To this end, she has been a Team Leader in a number of research projects. Catherine has consulted widely with international organizations, governments, and universities/research institutions.
Catherine has published widely in the field of ICTs for Development. She served as the Director for Business Process Outsourcing/Information Technology Enabled Services (BPO/ITES) at the Ministry of Information and Communications in Kenya from 2012-2013. Her job involved providing strategic leadership for the development of key flagship ICT projects in the Ministry which included Konza Techno City and the National Broadband Strategy. She was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA), the agency responsible to spearhead the development of Konza Techno City; the first mixed use technology city in Kenya and arguably in the region. Currently, she is a Consultant for organizations like Fieldstone Africa where she is the Senior Representative for the Eastern Africa region.
Dr Adeya-Weya was the Chief Judge in the first Vision 2030 ICT Innovation Awards in Kenya. She has served as a Judge for the Innovation Prize for Africa. She has been a Board member in the Kenya ICT Board, Mobile for Good and Computers for Schools Kenya. Catherine is a non-Executive Director at the Standard Chartered Bank Board and the East African Educational Publishers. She serves on the Editorial Board for ‘Journal of Perspectives on Global Development & Technology’.
Monsurat Olukorede Demola-Adeniyi
Group Head, Personal Banking
Ecobank Nigeria Limited (Nigeria)
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Olukorede is an accomplished finance professional with over 25 years’ experience. She has proven credentials in Balance Sheet management, Trading, Sales, Retail Banking and Wealth Management. She commenced her financial career at the then Pinacle Commercial Bank as Account Officer, Credit and Marketing from where she rose to hold various senior management positions in various banks such as Senior Manager, Foreign and Domestic Treasury at the United Bank for Africa, Country Treasurer Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Country Head, Personal Banking Ecobank Nigeria Limited and Group Manager, Assets and Liabilities at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) ,a holding company with presence in 36 African countries, Dubai, London and Paris.
In this role, she was responsible for managing consolidated balance sheet of $20bln across 32 countries. This ensured better management of idle balances across the group and grew revenues by an additional 20%. She possesses extensive Treasury experience in the African financial markets and has had active responsibilities for relationship management across all investment types. She is skilled at relationship management that builds a strong client base and drives revenue growth.
Korede holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of Benin and University of Lagos respectively. She has a Treasury Dealership certificate issued by the Financial Market Dealers Association of Nigeria and is an alumnus of Lagos Business School in Nigeria and Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. She currently doubles as Head of Personal Banking, Nigeria and Group Head, Personal Banking for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated.An astute reader and volunteer, she is currently on the Board of EDC Funds Management, a private company, and, a member of the Ecobank group.
Dr Sharleene Bibbings
Assurance and Improvement Lead For Strategic Change
UK Export Finance-Whitehall U.K
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Country Manager: China for Brand South Africa in China
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Sharleene is a wholehearted, empathetic and present leader, who engages others in transformation and change, for a more inclusive society and economy. In her current role she is the assurance and improvement lead for strategic change at UK Export Finance, based in Whitehall and part of the Treasury family. She is also part of the division’s leadership team.
Sharleene has worked in the public sector for 20 years, assignments have covered the local, regional and national levels. In previous roles she led high profile policies and projects that enable better outcomes for the public. Her work with communities has won a number of awards.
Sharleene has led quality assurance work for Chief Executives on early adopter programmes, public services spinning out to be businesses and organizational improvement plans. She also spent time helping politicians think strategically about change. Additionally, Sharleene has represented organizations with national and international executive audiences interested in innovative approaches in public policy. She also worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland which, provided early experience of change management in a commercial environment.
Sharleene hold’s a B.A, MA, and Ph.D that looked at policy change in the social and economic sectors. She is a Prince2 and MSP Practitioner, a member of The Association for Project Management and a certified coach.
Sharleene has published a book on change, women and work: The Politics of Mainstreaming (Cambridge Scholars Press). Sharleene is a passionate supporter of women’s leadership. She has lectured numerously on women in the workplace and business. She is involved in Women In Public Policy Group, United Nations UK Women’s Committee, and, was Chair of the the City of London Lean In group. Sharleene has the pleasure of being a Non Executive Director, an advisory board member of a social enterprise the Brick Box, the lead for the woman’s network at work and a women’s leadership coach (www.vi-et-animo.com).